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Vincent and Theo van Gogh : a dual biography
Hulsker, Jan.
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Publication Information:
Ann Arbor : Fuller Publications, [1990]

Physical Description:
xv, 470 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 32 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

Based on author's Lotgenoten ; translated and rewritten by author.
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ND653.G7 H79413 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
ND653.G7 H79413 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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Library Journal Review

In this revised English translation of his Lotgenoten, first published in Dutch and based on original letters and other documented sources, Hulsker has successfully woven together dramatic events in the lives of the van Gogh brothers to produce an in-depth study revealing the role art played in their destinies as well as their personalities, relationships, and desires. This new perspective allows the reader to become involved with the van Goghs on a personal level and helps explain some of the mystery surrounding their often controversial and tragic lives. Divided into four major stages, the text focuses on their early lives, first interest in art, productive art careers, and tragic endings. A timely and important addition to the biography of Vincent in this centennial year of his death. Highly recommended. See also the review of David Sweetman's Van Gogh , p. 94 . --Ed.-- Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Hulsker, an extensively published authority whose major publications include The Complete Van Gogh (2nd ed, 1985), has compiled a fascinating and exhaustive double biography of Vincent and Theo. This perceptive approach, properly addressing the significance of Theo in Vincent's life, admirably synthesizes epistolary, anecdotal, and art historical material to produce an eminently readable account of Vincent Van Gogh's creativity. The generous layout, and accompanying black-and-white photographs of relevant places, individuals, documents, and artworks (plus 16 good color plates of more celebrated pictures), renders the book pleasant to use. The text includes references to Hulsker's catalog, with a concordance for J.B. de la Faille's invaluable The Works of Vincent van Gogh: His Paintings and Drawings (3rd ed., rev., 1970), compact footnotes, and select bibliography. An important addition to the literature, exemplified by Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh (1958) and R. Pickvance's two Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition catalogs, Van Gogh in Arles (Ch, Dec'85) and Van Gogh in Saint-Remy and Auvers (Ch, Jul'85), this new book will enlighten faculty and graduate students while interesting a wider readership. -R. W. Liscombe, University of British Columbia